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    2015 Fall
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    School Psychology

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  1. If it's not mentioned on the school's website at all, I wouldn't send it because they probably don't want it. If it says on the website that it's optional, then I would definitely send it because I think it will be taken into account and your score is not a bad score. What school are you applying to?
  2. I have some questions regarding the NASP convention from those who have been before. I did not attend last year, but I'm thinking of going this year. Anyway, one question I have is how beneficial is the convention for students? Those who have attended, did you feel like there was a lot there for you or was it really more about those who are already practicing? Is there a lot of opportunity to look for internships / jobs at the convention? Do they have tables there for it (sort of like a job fair situation)? One of the main reasons I would like to go is so that I can network with some people (hopefully from other states) to try and land an internship in a location that I want.
  3. Your credentials are perfectly fine. The Quant could definitely be higher. That is one weak point. Having teaching experience is very good. You don't really need research experience. It would be nice if you had at least taken an undergraduate course with a research focus (like an experimental psychology type of course), but even so, you seem to be a good candidate. Also, keep in mind that with the EdS, you can really do your internship just about anywhere in the country. I know in my program, we get emails all the time about internships in Colorado and Washington (most of them are paid), and our program is in Texas. South Florida certainly isn't the only place with paid internships for school psych students. Not by a long shot.
  4. I was able to find this information on the Maryland website. "Note to Those with Completed Specialist Training in School Psychology: Although individual circumstances vary, students who have previously completed specialist-level preparation as a school psychologist may expect programs that require four years of full-time study at Maryland (including internship); in unusual cases the program for such students can be completed in three years total. The internship year does not, necessarily, require the student to remain in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area." So, that is helpful. It at least states to me that they have had students go this route before, enough that they added that to their website.
  5. Is this really something that people are allowed to do? I did not know that! I am currently in my second year of my program, so all I have left is one more semester and then I go out for my full time internship next year.
  6. So, I am currently in a specialist level program in school psychology (69 hours, SSP | MA/CAGS level). When I went into the program, I was uncertain about ever getting my doctoral degree, for various reasons, so I decided to go into the specialist level. Now, I am more sure of what I want. My ultimate goal is to go back to school after this program and get my doctorate in psychology (PhD/PsyD). I am hoping to get it in either school psychology or counseling psychology. I am leaning heavily toward school psychology, obviously. So, my question is, how many of you guys have gone this route (getting the specialist or masters degree first and then going on to a PhD in school psych)? Do you have any advice for someone looking to go this route? I have seen / spoken to a few programs (such as UNC-Chapel Hill, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, St. John's University, and a few others) where they have said that having the specialist degree will give me advanced standing and I will be able to complete the program in a shorter amount of time. The program at UNC-Chapel Hill is designed for students who already have the specialist degree, so it is a shorter program to begin with. Do you guys know of other schools like this? Any help is appreciated.
  7. I believe I used the Kaplan books or the Princeton Review books to study for it. The verbal section is very specific about the words that they want you to know. It's not about having a large vocabulary, it is about knowing the specific words on the test. I treated it kind of like a typical vocabulary test from elementary school. Every few days study and learn a couple of the words on the vocabulary list. Eventually you will know most of them. I suggest taking the ETS practice test as well. I wouldn't worry about improving the Q score too much. However, make sure to just review some of those as well so that you don't forget what you already know. It's always good to keep your mind fresh.
  8. I don't think the exam will be that difficult because it has a very high first time pass rate (at my school 100% of people generally pass it every year), so I think that if you go through your program and learn as you should, you would probably be able to pass it pretty easily.
  9. I desperately want to change my state residency to match where I go to school (so that I can get in state tuition), but unfortunately, the state where I go to school (Texas) makes this as hard as they possibly can. Just living here for a year and going to school isn't enough. Apparently, on campus jobs (such as being a graduate assistant) don't count for residency purposes. It's so annoying. To make matters worse, not all graduate assistant positions in this state qualify for automatic tuition remission, so I may just be screwed for next year. I am thankful that I didn't have to worry about car insurance and all of that when I first moved because I didn't have a car at the time.
  10. Yeah, it sucks that it will most likely be unpaid. That is one of the reasons why I still waver on whether or not I will definitely do my internship in Boston or not. Taking an unpaid internship and having to deal with the cost of housing, might be too much, but I might be able to pull it together somehow. If I start saving now, it should work out. Plan B would be to just stay here where my program is for my internship year and then go to Massachusetts the year after that when I am actually looking for a job. Plan C would be to find an internship somewhere near Boston, maybe another city in Massachusetts and then move back to Boston later. We will see what actually ends up happening. I may end up in Alaska or something for all I know.
  11. Okay. Just good to know there are other internship sites except just one. I was getting kind of paranoid. It's so weird to me how some places pay you pretty much an average salary and some places pay you nothing at all. So much variability.
  12. Currently, I'm a school psych student (MA / Specialist Level) in another state, but I used to live in Boston before I started this program and would like to move back to Massachusetts after I am done with the program. I would ideally like to do my internship in Massachusetts. Anyway, looking around, the only internship site that I am seeing come up in my searches is Newton Public Schools. Am I missing something? Is this the main site for school psychology internships in the state? Every time I search, the only place I can find any information about is Newton Public Schools? Anybody that went to school for school psych (MA / Specialist Level) in Massachusetts, where did you do your internship? Also, does anybody know if the school psychology internships at Newton Public Schools are paid? I don't know if school psych internships are generally paid in Massachusetts or not. The state that I am in now, generally has their interns being paid about $20,000-$30,000 for the year.
  13. This may or may not be helpful to you. I am not attending the graduate program at BU, but I went to BU as an undergraduate in psychology. During my senior year, I happened to take the class called "Children at Risk" which you have to take in the school counseling track of the program (http://www.bu.edu/academics/sed/programs/counseling/edm/). I took the class because I was planning to go into school psychology. The class was a mix of graduate students from the counseling program and upper level undergraduates. I thought that it was very well taught. I found the material interesting and all around, I thought it was a good class. If that class was a reflection on the program, then I would give it 2 thumbs up. As far as job outlook goes, I would think it would be just as good as the job outlook is for school counseling in general. Looking at the Occupational Outlook, it seems to be about average (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/school-and-career-counselors.htm). If you're looking to work outside of the schools as well, that employment outlook might be a little different.
  14. There is no benefit that I know of to having both an MA in school psychology and an EdS in school psychology. The EdS is a higher degree than the MA. It is a specialist level degree. The order of degrees in school psychology from lowest to highest would go something like: (1) Masters (MA) (2) Specialist Level (EdS, SSP, CAGS) (Usually more than 60 hours) (3) Doctoral (PhD, PsyD) (Usually more than 90 hours) Looking at the LMU website, I am assuming that you will earn the MA on the way to earning the EdS. It has no bearing. It's like when you are in a PhD program and you may earn an MA degree along the way to getting the PhD. It's nice to have an extra degree but it doesn't really do anything for you in a practical sense. Looking at the list of courses you will take for the program at LMU, it looks just like the courses that I am taking in my specialist level program and I am not earning an MA degree along the way. The only advantage that I can possibly think of is that you might be able to work as a school psychologist during the last year of school if you go to a program that lets you earn the MA in year 2, because you can work as a school psychologist with an MA degree in most states. But even that is irrelevant because you will be doing a paid Internship during year 3 of the EdS program anyway. So, no, there is no benefit that I know of to going to a program that gives you an MA and an EdS, as opposed to going to a program that just gives you an EdS. You should 100% go to Long Beach. It will leave you with less debt and your job prospects will be exactly the same coming out of either program.
  15. EdS programs are funded mostly with assistantships, not fellowships. With assistantships, you have to work (usually 10 or 20 hours a week). A lot of them offer you some kind of discount on tuition (it varies by school, sometimes they pay for most of tuition, sometimes only 25%). The jobs generally pay enough for regular living expenses. They are limited though and you do have to apply for them generally.
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